Standing in a home a kilometer away from the nearest wind turbine –one of seventeen at the Pubnico Point Wind Farm in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia –Tony experiences a sensation that he describes as “similar to being close to a high power car audio sound system playing drums. Both situations cause problems that I would say resemble arrhythmia.”
Wind farms have obvious advantages over more conventional power sources. Unlike nuclear reactors, there’s no radioactive waste to dispose of, no risk of catastrophic meltdown. Unlike coal-fire plants, there are no greenhouse gases to choke the atmosphere, no open-pit mines scarring the countryside. And unlike hydro plants, there are many more suitable locations compared to the relatively few available for dams.
Yet, no system is perfect.